Milk Paint Monday

Greetings, to another week!

I have lots of brilliant ideas. You too?

My latest brilliant idea is to feature a different milk painted project, each week. We’ll share some tips and tell you what works and what doesn’t. At least that’s the plan!

We’re replacing all of the old hollow-core interior doors upstairs, at the Tahoe house. Due to a change of plans, we have an extra new 6-panel door and decided this would be a great practice door.


I chose Miss Mustard Seed’s Linen and experienced some issues mixing the color. See, I did say I was going to share the challenges, as well! The paint almost had some “cottage cheese” issues; paint that wouldn’t totally mix. I checked with Jennylyn, the President of the manufacturer, and she suggested I use a milk paint mixer, next time. I haven’t tried that yet. Linen has been one of our most popular colors at the shop. Have you had this issue?

Back to the process: The door was raw wood. Raw wood loves milk paint! Sucks it up, in fact. Maybe that explains why I ended up puttinng three coats of paint on the door.

Then, to smooth the finish, I painted the entire surface with hemp oil and then wet-sanded the surface with a med/fine sanding sponge. After letting the oil sink in for 20 or 30 minutes, I wiped the door down, with a clean t-shirt.


Following the hemp oil, I applied Miss Mustard Seed’s Antiquing Wax to the paneled inserts.


After letting the dark wax sit there 5 or 10 minutes, I wiped it off, leaving a small amount in the nooks and crannies.


I like the look a lot. Would I do this in my city home? Probably not. But here, in an old Tahoe home, it works.



It looks great with the sage green walls, too, Makes me happy. Helps me over look some other issues.



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  1. What do you have planned for those banisters? Will you be painting them or have ideas? I have been thinking about painting mine, but unsure of what product types would work best. Thanks for the post, doors look great!

    • Barbara Bussey says

      Well, for now, the bannisters will remain in place. They were light oak and I did a grey wash on them and then waxed them. I’ll blame poor lighting and photography, for you not noticing! Ha! Lots of my customers are staining the light oak with dark gel stains…like the Java colored stain. That’s another option for you. There are tons of options, short of replacement!

  2. love the paint technique on the door. what would i need to do if i wanted to repaint my front entry door that is already painted? would i need to sand or do some special prep work? Would the chalk paint work?

    • Barbara Bussey says

      Hi there,

      I’m not sure if I answered your question yet. If you repeat your door, I assume it is your exterior door. That requires different productto seal, than an interior poly acrylic or wax. We have an exterior sealer, but I haven’t used it on a front door. Sorry!

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